Business: Corporate Social Responsibility at the Saïd Business School

Corporate Social Responsibility

Warmer questions Should companies be more involved in how society is run more fairly? Is it possible for companies to make society better? If companies are indeed a force for good, how can they be made accountable for their actions? Reading section The fluctuating needs within society drive business to recognise the broader landscape they … Read more Business: Corporate Social Responsibility at the Saïd Business School

TED Talk: The Era of Personal DNA Testing Is Here

The pros and cons of DNA testing is not yet clear. How doctors, consumers, governments, and DNA testing companies (like 23 and me) come to an arrangement which benefits everyone is still some time away. When also including new potential uses for the technology it becomes ever clearer that this topic will be around for … Read more TED Talk: The Era of Personal DNA Testing Is Here

Business: Mercer’s View on Crowdsourcing and the Gig Economy

gig economy, crowd sourcing, AI, robotics

Finding new roles for redundant workers represents automated businesses’ next challenge. However, if used wisely and effectively –and disadvantages aside– automation technology can yield substantial opportunities for the future. There is an opportunity to relieve humans from repetitive, hazardous, and unpleasant labour in most scenarios. And there is, also, an opportunity for future automation technologies … Read more Business: Mercer’s View on Crowdsourcing and the Gig Economy

Business: How Smart Is Today’s Artificial Intelligence?

How smart is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence has huge potential advantages. Some people are even of the view that the benefits of artificial intelligence prevail over the risks associated with it. Whether it is making a phone call or suggesting a near-by restaurant, AI is paving the way for more resourceful lives. However, giving power to machines may ease out … Read more Business: How Smart Is Today’s Artificial Intelligence?

Business: The Big Debate on the Future of Work

the future of automation

By anticipating how robots and automated systems will shift the nature of the workplace, industries should be able to create new roles based on automation and thus improve the employment prospects of labour around the world. We have more lessons regarding changes in the business landscape here which can encourage further discussion. To download the … Read more Business: The Big Debate on the Future of Work

Business: JP Morgan’s Perspective on the Development of Islamic Finance

debate: islamic finance

Over the years, Islamic finance has grown at a rapid pace globally and is now a market worth trillions of dollars. However, it is Islamic finance’s ethical nature the one drawing the interest of non-Muslims clients, as it continues to address the challenges of reconciling the contrasting worlds of our modern business scenario and faith. … Read more Business: JP Morgan’s Perspective on the Development of Islamic Finance

Why I No Longer Use TES.com and Decided to Go It Alone

Being able to share with the world debating lessons and ideas for the classroom has been a desire for a very long time. For the average ‘free’ lesson, it takes around 4 hours of work, from researching the topic, finding a video on YouTube, and to then draft and finalise the text. It all takes … Read more Why I No Longer Use TES.com and Decided to Go It Alone

5 Sensitive Debate Topics and Why They Are a Taboo

debating taboos

You may think that debating is the freest form of expression possible but think again. Even debating has its taboos and sensitive topics for discussion. It does seem strange that the art of clinical dissection of facts and the battleground of pure logic there are limits to expression. Some would argue that it’s unreasonable to … Read more 5 Sensitive Debate Topics and Why They Are a Taboo

56 Debating Topics on Religion and Faith

God and religion debates

Around the world, there are approximately 6 billion people who have a moderate to a strong belief in some faith or religion. Conversely, only 16% of the world does not associate themselves with a religion. Given these statistics, it’s clear that the principles taught and recited on a daily basis in faith-based institutions are a … Read more 56 Debating Topics on Religion and Faith

Business: Carbon Tax Through Cap and Trade

Carbon tax and trade

Our human influence on the earth is causing carbon dioxide amounts to increase. With heated debates on global warming, questions about what benefits the carbon tax will bring also remain. Companies and organisations see carbon taxation as a negative trait, while environmentalists would certainly view it as a very righteous thing. Based on the advantages … Read more Business: Carbon Tax Through Cap and Trade

Will the Philippines Finally Legalise Divorce?

legalizing marriage

Warmer questions Are you married? Is there an expectation for people to marry for life? What reasons could there be for a couple to look for a divorce? Reading section Till death do us part Divorce −or dissolution of marriage− is the process of ending a marital union. It generally involves the canceling of the … Read more Will the Philippines Finally Legalise Divorce?

Business: Managing Security and IT Integration

Software security

During the last decades, OT and IT were developed and managed to maintain separate technology protocols, standards, governance models, and organizational units. Nevertheless, over the last few years, OT has been progressively adopting IT-like technologies. Though many security vulnerabilities keep showing up, the convergence of IT and OT will bring clear and tangible advantages to … Read more Business: Managing Security and IT Integration

Should Schoolgirls Be Allowed to Wear Short Skirts in School?

Warmer questions Did you wear a uniform at school? What was it and did you like wearing it? Have school uniforms become fashionable these days? Reading section Individually uniform A school uniform is a compulsory set of standardized clothes worn for an educational institution. Wearing a school uniform is considered to be a British tradition … Read more Should Schoolgirls Be Allowed to Wear Short Skirts in School?

Why Is Motivational Speaking Valuable?

Vаluе оf Моtіvаtіоnаl Ѕреаkіng іn Моdеrn Тіmеs Lіfе, thеsе dауs, hаs bесоmе quіtе еаsу bесаusе оf thе mаtеrіаlіstіс fасіlіtіеs аvаіlаblе. Тесhnоlоgісаl dеvеlорmеnt оf thе 20th сеnturу hаs mаdе thіs роssіblе. Оn thе оthеr hаnd, thіs рrоgrеss hаs аlsо mаdе lіfе muсh dіffісult. Wіth mоrе аnd mоrе mаtеrіаlіstіс рrоgrеss, wоrk strеss, іnсеssаnt fоrсе аnd ехtrеmе соmреtіtіоn … Read more Why Is Motivational Speaking Valuable?

Business: The Challenges of Intellectual Property

Technician using a microscope. How to protect intellectual property

There are many advantages to securing intellectual property rights. IP protects a business’ name and logo, designs, inventions, works, and intellectual innovations. For the con side, the elevated costs of intellectual property rights also raise some questions, especially for start-up innovators. However, given the substantial complexity involved with IPR and its implementation against possible theft, … Read more Business: The Challenges of Intellectual Property

Is University Far Too Expensive for Students?

Is university too expensive for students

Warmer questions How much did you pay to go to university? If you haven’t been yet, how much would it cost you? Do you think it is value for money? Are there ways for the system to be improved? Have universities (or perhaps education) become a business? Reading section Does knowledge have a price? All … Read more Is University Far Too Expensive for Students?

Business: What Is Hitachi’s Vision for the Future of Work?

The Future of Work with Hitachi

The world is going digital, but many businesses are unprepared. Digital revolution is not an easy or short-term undertaking. Change is being demanded by market forces, but many businesses have encountered obstacles along the path to digital transformation. However, to ensure that they can operate effectively in our modern world, digital transformation is just as … Read more Business: What Is Hitachi’s Vision for the Future of Work?

TED Talk: What Really Motivates People to Be Honest in Business

TED Talk Business: What Really Motivates People to Be Honest in Business

The world of business is often filled with ethical dilemmas. Every leader is to make decisions, and the decisions they do make can determine whether their leadership is based on an honest framework or not. Motivation aside, it is in the interest of business that both leaders and employees align their own ethical standards with … Read more TED Talk: What Really Motivates People to Be Honest in Business